Alexander: Shelby County Ozone Compliance is Good News for People’s Health and Jobs in West Tennessee

Posted on June 24, 2016

Says decision by EPA means all 95 Tennessee counties are in attainment for ozone

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to grant Shelby County clean air attainment status for ozone shows the air is cleaner for the people who live there and will help grow the Memphis area economy.

“Federal clean air attainment status for ozone shows that the air is cleaner in Shelby County, and it means companies looking to bring jobs to the Memphis area will have an easier time getting permits to build new facilities,” Alexander said. “It also means all 95 of Tennessee’s counties are now in attainment for ozone. I applaud the work of state and local leaders and industries, and this designation sends a signal that Tennessee is open for business.”

Under the federal Clean Air Act, counties must show they’ve met the National Ambient Air Quality Standards to achieve attainment status. Counties that have not attained clean air under federal guidelines must comply with more stringent air emission standards. Higher standards mean companies looking to build new manufacturing plants or expand existing facilities must use more pollution control equipment, which makes it more expensive for companies to locate within nonattainment counties and create jobs.

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